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Grateful Dead Live at County Coliseum on 1973-11-23


Topics Live concert


Bertha ; Mexicali Blues, Deal, Looks Like Rain, Don't Ease Me In, The
Race Is On, Loser, Jack Straw,; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; E Paso, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude > Weather Report Suite Part 1 > Let It Grow Greatest Story Ever Told, Sugaree, Me And My Uncle, He's Gone > Truckin' > The Other One > Space > Me And Bobby McGee, Eyes Of The World, Around And Around > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Casey Jones, E: Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue County Coliseum
Location El Paso, TX

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > Reel > Cassette > Datx2 > CDR

Notes

SBD > Reel > Cassette > Datx2 > CDR; via L. Orf; reel flips in d1t1,
d1t7 (smoothed), d3t2; superior version relative to version circulated 3/8

Reviews

Reviewer: Box Burner - - October 2, 2011
Subject: everybody has an opinion...
So you like what you like and that is what your opinion is. But if you keep your mind open a little you might be surprised. The first time I heard Shakedown street I thought the album sucked. Disco man! if ever there was a form of music that had no meaning or depth that was it. But I had to buy the record to hear it so since I already had it eventually I listened to it again, and again an petty soon I had to admit that I liked Stagger Lee, and that Fire on the Mountain wasn't half bad.

The Grateful Dead play rock. They are a rock band and rock better than anyone else. IMHO. Yo see, rock is a mixture of everything. Every form of music can be heard in rock. And this band was the best at it. Don't think that the show you just heard was all that good? Try the next one, it will be different. I read a review on a show that was in Spain or maybe just in a venue with a Spanish name, probably 1989. The reviewer said that the band was "off" that night and were playing kind of weird. So I listened to it and what do you know the boys were playing old time country swing! The whole show. It was subtle, but it was there and it was great. Wish I could find that show again.

Well I guess I have wandered a bit. Point is though, I think that if you limit yourself you are really missing out, There is a lot of great stuff from this Band.

Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - - April 13, 2011
Subject: 1973-11-23
@rschwz28. I agree with the other reviewer that your opinion is what it is and cannot be considered wrong. But to say you dont like any Grateful Dead after 71 is really saying your not a Grateful Dead fan. That was my first thought. But, that thought was wrong. I dont hardly listen to any shows after 78, so people could say the same thing about me. The great thing about the Dead is they are so many things to so many different people. Keep rockin your early Dead, and that is cool with me and any other Dead fan.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - September 13, 2010
Subject: rschwz28
obviously we're all entitled to our opinions, but listen to the 2nd set. the bands sound evolves over the years, and in this prime '73-'74 jamming period the band has a lot of jazz influence. but maybe you're not much of a jazz fan?

anyways, good show, like i said the 2nd set jams are where its at, and the eyes as usual for '73 is just wonderful. but i guess you should avoid Tennessee Jed since it not December, 5th 1971.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - - June 29, 2010
Subject: '68 to '71 is the best
I've said it before - I can barely listen to most shows after 1971. I'll listen to, and download, the material that just wasn't played before (Wake of the Flood, Mars Hotel, Terrapin, etc.), but you want a better Jack Straw, Tennessee, Bertha, Loser, etc.? Go to December 5, 1971. I just sat through this Tennessee Jed (yes, sat through) and I felt like I was hearing an "easy listening" FM station.

I've been working my way through this archive chronologically, every show, and I'm up to the beginning of '69. I just felt like hearing a Mississippi Half-Step, so I jumped up to spring '73. I read the reviews saying how "under rated spring 1973 is; it's almost, but not quite, as good as the amazing fall and winter '73 shows". So I came here to the fall of '73. Then Whitelynx says end of '73 and first quarter of '74 is "the greatest period in Dead history."

Well, that was the last straw for me. I couldn't hold my tongue any longer. You need to go back to the fundamentals: '65 to '71.

Two and one half stars for this.
Reviewer: Whitelynx - - July 25, 2009
Subject: It's late '73...!!
IMHO it can't compete with the two Denver shows BUT this is late 1973 and (together with the first quarter of '74) this is the greatest period in Dead history... so it's no surprise that this is an exceptional show as well!

If you just want one show grab one of the Denver shows but if you've got the inclination this is well-worth adding to your collection!
Reviewer: txsdrkstr - - November 12, 2008
Subject: my first show
very nice someone went through it all and 35 years later i can hear it again. Thank You all!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - September 19, 2005
Subject: surprise, you're dosed!
Underrated?? Yeah I think so. This is not a 73 show that really circulated much, and I just got it myself last year from LAMA. My Deadbase doesn't even list the sets. But - Wow, ambushed in El Paso is all I can say!
The first set starts off well played, but uneventful until a great China>Rider kicks things into gear. From then on, the songs just get better. A spicy hot El Paso (naturally) follows, and Big River and Row Jimmy are near perfect. Closing it out is a blazing Let it Grow that's almost as good as the previous show - 11/21.
Disc Three is where they construct a long jam sequence that's as seemless as it is musically exciting. A long, gospel-like He's Gone begins the journey, with a nice Jerry solo at the end. Bobby remembers the words to Truckin, always a plus, then they jam it out for another 7 minutes, where Jerry and Keith just wear out that 2 note riff until you're ready to explode. Garcia comes close to Nobody's Fault at the end, but changes his mind (and yours!) by charging right into - The Other One. After a few minutes of exploratory jamming, Billy starts up a fast rollicking be-bop rhythm, and it's off to the races! They eventually wind it down to a quiet jam on the Other One theme before landing you in an unnamed Space Jam, the likes of which can only be found in 1973 (see also 3/24/73 and 4/2/73). This one is hard to describe, it's kinda, well - spacey! Beautiful in spots, melty in others. Lava lamp time.
The fine Eyes of the World is almost an afterthought. Icing on a very BAKED cake by this point. And it's nice to hear GDTRFB by itself, without the usual NFA for a change.
Yet another reason why 1973 is so special. Worth adding to your collection.
enjoy,
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: skwimite - - April 7, 2005
Subject: Good Vocals for 1973
Finally a show with decent sounding vocals, Donna excepted, from 1973. Most of the shows sound like they're singing through a tin can. These are right up front, although that's not always a plus. Donna once again ruins a fine GSET, among others, with her imitation of a cat under a rocking chair. I'll never understand how they allowed her on the same stage with them. Come on, you digital wizards out there. Do something to get her out of the mix! Oh yeah, the show is good, with really exceptional quiet passages in the 2nd set weird stuff. And who, other than The Beatles maybe(Good Night following Revolution 9) would attempt to come out of the Primordial Ooze into Me and Bobby McGee? It's enough to bring tears to your eyes. Amazing! I'll give it 5 stars for that alone. Thanks for this wonderful music.
Reviewer: hitmeister - - February 13, 2005
Subject: Get it!
Gotta agree with mgags. This has to be one of the most underrated shows around. The 2nd set is first class Grateful Dead. When I want to hear a rippin' The Other One, this is one of the first shows I reach for. The Eyes is top-notch, also. Jerry is just on fire. One of the best shows of the tour.
Reviewer: Ben C - - January 20, 2005
Subject: 11-23-73 El Paso
Not too much different to add, sweet China>Rider,
the space out of Other One is wonderfully spooky!! My favorite part of this show. Makes me feel weird just sitting here listening to it at the computer. :-)

I would agree that the Eyes is sweet too.

Sounds fine, as you would expect.
Reviewer: mgags - - October 16, 2004
Subject: A Sleeper!!!
Can't believe this show hasn't been reviewed yet. Brilliant combo of quality and quantity. A 17 song 1st set which includes great versions of Straw, China>Rider and Let it Grow. This 1st set clocks in at just under a whopping 2 hrs........and then there's set 2! The He's Gone>Truckin'>Other One>Jam is a SICK 45 min that quietly segues into Bobby McGee. Eyes of the World is also worthy of note as Jerry is totally dialed in. If you like 1973, then you need this show.
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